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Judge approves coyote-hunting agreement meant to protect endangered red wolves in NC

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Environmental groups and the state have reached an agreement on coyote hunting that advocates say will protect the world's only wild population of red wolves, located in northeastern North Carolina.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle signed off on the agreement between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The agreement covering five counties bans coyote hunting on public lands except on state-owned game lands by a permit holder for a specific special hunt for coyotes. Coyotes may be killed on private land with a permit that's in addition to a hunting license.

The counties involved are Dare, Hyde, Washington, Tyrrell and Beaufort. Coyotes and red wolves look alike and are easily confused.

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